Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Cuddle a koala or feed a kangaroo among many other creature encounters at this must-see sanctuary for Australia’s most lovable locals.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary: Our most recommended tours and activities

Brisbane River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary Visit

1. Brisbane River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary Visit

Board Mirimar Cruises from a convenient departure point in the heart of Brisbane city and embark on a relaxing cruise to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. On this 5.5-hour program you’ll enjoy informative commentary from your captain as you glide along Brisbane’s waterfront, passing from the bustle of the city to leafy suburbs with waterside mansions. Indulge in homemade morning teas, meals and snacks that you can purchase from the on-board café. After around 70 minutes of cruising you’ll arrive at Lone Pine, where you’ll have 3 hours to explore the world’s largest koala sanctuary that’s home to more than 130 of these adorable marsupials. You can cuddle a koala, have photos taken (at your own expense) and perhaps catch a talk by the koala keepers. Visit the Platypus House, where you may be able to see the shy platypus, a native to Australia. Owls, kites and sea eagles soar above you at the popular Birds of Prey show. You can also feed the kangaroos and wallabies: more than 100 of them live in a 5-acre reserve at Lone Pine. Along with koalas and kangaroos, Lone Pine hosts a sheepdog show where you see the hardworking dogs round up a herd of sheep, responding to their master’s whistles, calls and hand signals. After your time at the park, you’ll head back to the boat to enjoy a relaxing return trip to the city, listening to Australian music and sipping on a local Australian wine or beer.

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Brisbane City Highlights: The Heart and Soul of Queensland

2. Brisbane City Highlights: The Heart and Soul of Queensland

Spend a day exploring the heart of Brisbane. View the historic buildings of Queensland’s capital city, discover the atmosphere of the South Bank Parklands, enjoy panoramic views from the Kangaroo Lookout and even take a photo with koala bear at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Fall in love with Australia’s fastest growing city’s relaxed lifestyle, unsurpassed weather, and access to an amazing array of “Australian experiences”. Check out the quaint Chinatown and visit trendy shops at Fortitude Valley.

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What people are saying about Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 329 reviews

Great informative cruise of the Brisbane River. Friendly staff. Lone Pine Sanctuary was well presented and a great variety of animals. The Koalas were special but also enjoyed the platypus enclosure, Tasmanian Devil and kangaroo feeding. Highly recommend this tour for people of all ages.

This was such an informative trip, would highly recommend. Easy boarding, and excellent commentary on the way up the river. Enough time was allowed to view Lone Pine and their activities. Great day out.

Nice day out. Boat captain friendly and informative. Able to buy drinks and food onboard. Koala sanctuary is worth a visit, especially if you want to hold a Koala.

Relaxing and informative ride. The park was not crowded and all animals looked to be treated well.

Wonderfull experience being able to touch koalas and roos